Portland Building Preservation Trust

Following a 2 year spell in Dorset, working as Design and Conservation Officer for the old Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Purbeck District Council (now part of Dorset Council unitary authority) I am now involved with and was instrumental in the setting up of Portland Building Preservation Trust. Among its first projects is the restoration of the Portland Windmills.

The trust seek to restore the windmills and the first phase of enabling works has begun to the South mill. The two mills are currently in separate ownership and it is hoped that restoration can be conducted to both as a combined project. Once the South mill has been cleaned (internally) it is planned to carry out a point cloud survey of the site. This will help inform the next phase of a restoration project.

If you are interested in this project or would like further information the trust currently runs a facebook page and you can communicate direct, or please get back to me via my contact page.

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Spring 2016

Low tides expose the remains of the foundations of the “low light” at Happisburgh.

Originally built as part of a pair of fixed lights, with the familiar upper light, still standing and remains in use today. First lit on January 1st 1791 the low light was abandoned in 1883 and sold and demolished in part 1886. It was not until 1958 that cliff erosion finally exposed the foundations which then fell onto the beach.

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“Footprints on the Sands of Time….A History of Worstead”

Following on from the successful parish-wide Heritage trails, it was decided to publish the full extent of our researches and so the Worstead Heritage Trails were expanded into “Footprints on the Sands of Time….A History of Worstead” a 200 page heavily illustrated paperback, published and sponsored by the Parish Council, with all proceeds going towards the village Amenity Trust Fund. It is available direct from the PC and at selected outlets across the county, including Museum Service venues. It is also available in braille via the RNIB library.

 
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